Quick Trip to Houston

Early in May, we took a quick trip down to Houston. Our main reason for going was to take Gavin to visit NASA. He is really into space stuff right now, and we thought he would enjoy seeing the Houston Space Center.

We spent three nights, and did a different family activity each day. The first day, we arrived in late afternoon. After checking into the hotel, we drove over to the Kemah Boardwalk. The second day we spent at the Houston Space Center. On the third day, we visited the Houston Zoo. We drove back home on the fourth day.

Kemah Boardwalk
It’s been years since I visited the Kemah Boardwalk. It’s still a fun place! We walked around the boardwalk and had dinner while watching the boat traffic. Gavin’s too young for the rides, and we’re not big shoppers, so we’re happy walking around, people watching, and grabbing a bite to eat. We ate at The Flying Dutchman. We were able to get a table outside, so we had a good view to watch the boat traffic. It was a Sunday, and there was a lot of boats coming and going.

Gavin & Darinda at Kemah Boardwalk | rainerlife.com

Space Center Houston
Our main reason for going to Houston was the Space Center. It was great! Gavin had so much fun! The Space Center had lots of interesting and informative exhibits. We arrived early – just before they opened. The Space Center opened at 9:00 and we wanted to have plenty of time to see everything.

NASA Johnson Space Center | rainerlife.com

Tram Tour – Astronaut Training Facility
We started the day with the a tram ride around the NASA Johnson Space Center. The Space Center offered two tram rides, red and blue. We opted to start with the blue tram first. That tram tour visited the Astronaut Training Facility and Rocket Park. Since it was early, and not their peak time of year, there were only four of us on the tour… and our little family were three of the four! The tour guides seemed to like the small group and visited a little longer, giving us more information than they probably normally have time for in a packed tour. The tour goes to Building 9, a huge warehouse that houses all sorts of equipment the astronauts use to train before going to space. Plus, it’s where a lot of new tech is being developed. It was really interesting to see! The tram tour then went to Rocket Park, where a Saturn V rocket is on display. It was amazing to see a rocket up close like that, and Gavin thought it was fun to see.

Building 9 at NASA Johnson Space Center | rainerlife.com

Building 9 at NASA Johnson Space Center | rainerlife.com

Building 9 at NASA Johnson Space Center | rainerlife.com

Building 9 at NASA Johnson Space Center | rainerlife.com

Building 9 at NASA Johnson Space Center | rainerlife.com

Gavin at Building 9 at NASA Johnson Space Center | rainerlife.com

Building 9 at NASA Johnson Space Center | rainerlife.com

Warehouse for the Saturn V at the NASA Johnson Space Center | rainerlife.com

Gavin & Michael at Rocket Park | rainerlife.com

Gavin at Rocket Park | rainerlife.com

Gavin & Michael at Rocket Park | rainerlife.com

Gavin & Michael at Rocket Park | rainerlife.com

Gavin & Michael at Rocket Park | rainerlife.com

Gavin at Rocket Park | rainerlife.com

After the tram tour, we walked around the Space Center. There are a lot of exhibits to see! The exhibits we saw were Space Center Plaza, Mission Mars, Starship Gallery, Independence Plaza, International Space Station Gallery, and Astronaut Gallery.

Space Center Plaza
This the the main area we first walked through once we arrived at the Space Center. On our visit, this area was set up with a lot of hands on activities geared toward children. Gavin was too young for it, but Michael and I walked around with him and showed him what some of the activities were and how they worked.

Mission Mars
This is a newer exhibit for the Space Center, and contains a simulated Orion capsule and a Mars rock you can touch. There was a lot of information in this area, and unlike the other areas, it has more on new tech and NASA’s journey to Mars. This was one of Gavin’s favorite areas.

Starship Gallery
This area of the Space Center is like a museum and contains some cool artifacts, such as a Gemini V, Lunar Roving Vehicle Trainer, the Apollo 17 Command Module, the Skylab 1-G Trainer, Mercury 9 “Faith 7”, and the Lunar Samples Vault, which includes a moon rock you can touch. I enjoyed this area, but it seemed to be too much for Gavin. He was looking every which way and kept running from one thing to the next.

Independence Plaza
This exhibit was very cool! This is a replica of the shuttle Independence, mounted on top of the original NASA 905 shuttle carrier aircraft. You can board both the shuttle and airplane. I think Gavin would have enjoyed this more if he was a little older. He didn’t seem to connect that he was walking around on the shuttle and airplane. We took the elevator up to the shuttle instead of the stairs, so when we got off the elevator, he was suddenly in the shuttle. I don’t think he really made the connection that it was the shuttle we had been walking under.

International Space Station Gallery
This area is also kind of more like a museum, and contains artifacts from the space station and interactive displays. There were some interesting things in this area, but we walked through a lot without doing much since it was geared toward older kids and adults.

Astronaut Gallery
The points of interest here were the Gallery Wall (photos of every US astronaut who has flown to space) and various space suits. Some of the space suits were Pete Conrad’s Apollo 12 suit, John Young’s escape suit, a shuttle launch entry suit, and the Orlan suit. This was a big open area and didn’t take too long too walk around. Actually, I walked around here while Michael and Gavin went back to the Mission Mars exhibit since Gavin was wanting to see that again.

Tram Tour – Mission Control
Later in the day, we went on the red tram tour. Actually, it was the last tour of the day, so we were on the first and last tram tours. Anyway, the red tram tour visited Mission Control and Rocket Park. I was the one that really wanted to go on this tour. Gavin wasn’t all that interested in it. The tour goes to the viewing room of Historic Mission Control. Everything is straight out of the sixties… because it hasn’t been updated, since it’s a historical site. It was cool to see Mission Control where so many important NASA missions were monitored, including nine Gemini and all Apollo lunar missions. After visiting Historic Mission Control, the tour went to Rocket Park. Since we had seen Rocket Park earlier in the day, we stayed on the tram to head back to the Space Center. Multiple tram tours were running at the same time, so trams rotated through Rocket Park to pick up visitors and take them back to the Space Center. That’s a great feature, since we were able to spend as much time as we wanted at Rocket Park in the early part of the day, and skip it later in the day.

We spent a full day seeing the Space Center, and we didn’t do everything they offered. We had a toddler with us, so we took our time, skipped a couple of things, went faster through some exhibits, and slower through others. Plus, we must have gone through the Mission Mars exhibit at least three times. The must-see things were the tram tours and the Independence Plaza.

The Space Center does have a dining area that sold different foods, like pizza, burgers, salads, and sandwiches. We ate a leisurely lunch of pizza, which tasted okay and was overpriced. Typical for this type of place.

The Space Center had two gift shops, one large and one small. Of course, we bought a few things for our space loving little boy. His biggest delight was a space suit and a helmet. We bought them after lunch, so he wore them the rest of the day. He looked adorable all decked out in his space suit, plus he had so much fun wearing it and running around looking at the exhibits.

Houston Zoo
We went to the zoo on a Tuesday afternoon, which it turns out is a free time to visit the zoo. That means it was crazy busy! Parking was the worst part, but once we found a spot it wasn’t too bad. The zoo was crowded, but we still saw everything we were interested in seeing. The zoo is large, with lots of great exhibits, so we spent a few hours walking around. The Children’s Area was great, and Gavin had a lot of fun in that part of the zoo.

Gavin at the Houston Zoo | rainerlife.com

Hotel
Staybridge Suites
We stayed at the Staybridge Suites near NASA. It was a convenient location for NASA, and Kemah wasn’t a far drive. It took a long time to drive to the zoo, but Houston traffic is terrible, so it takes a while to get anywhere. The hotel staff was very friendly, and the hotel was clean. They were doing construction, but we knew that ahead of time and it wasn’t a problem for us. The construction did close off some of their parking, and twice we grabbed the last spot in the lot… and one of those times was only because a car left, freeing up a spot. We booked a one bedroom suite with a king bed. I wanted a suite so we could close the door if someone, like Gavin, wanted to sleep, but Michael and/or I wanted to stay up. For this trip, it worked out well for us. We didn’t do much outside of the room, but we did enjoy the breakfast each morning.

Restaurants
We ate breakfast at the hotel and grabbed lunch at wherever we were visiting (Space Center and Zoo), but we did go out to eat in the evenings.

The Flying Dutchman
Seafood resturant located at the Kemah Boardwalk. The food was good, the service was great. I had the shrimp & crab cobb salad, which was huge and no way could I eat the whole thing, but it tasted good. Michael had a steak. It’s always a risk to order a steak at a seafood restaurant, but he figured he’s in Texas, so maybe it would be okay. He said it was good, so I guess he was right. For Gavin, we ordered grilled shrimp. We had them hold the seasoning on his shrimp so they wouldn’t be too spicy, and he seemed to like them. We sat outside near the water and watched the boats while we ate, which was fun for all of us. A good dining choice while visiting the Kemah Boardwalk.

Bone Daddy’s
A BBQ joint in Webster. The food and service were good. I had the burnt ends with skillet beans and potato salad. Michael had hot link sausage and brown sugar ham with potato salad and mac and cheese. We both shared food with Gavin, so he had some of everything, except the hot link sausage because it was really spicy. We enjoyed the food and casual atmosphere.

J Henry’s Draughthouse
A family-friendly pub-like restaurant in Clear Lake. We wanted to try a place with a good beer selection, and Michael found this one listed online. We started with the soft pretzel appetizer, which is always a good choice with beer. For dinner, I had the beer glazed fish tacos, Michael had the chicken & sausage spaghetti, and Gavin had a cheeseburger. The food was good and the beer selection was great. Most of the beers were from Texas, and they had several beers we hadn’t tried. It was a good place to go for finding new beers to try.

We had a fun, short family trip! I think Gavin had fun at the Space Center, which was the main part of the trip. So glad we were able to take a few days to get a short vacation in this Spring.

Bookriot’s 100 Must-Read Books about Monsters

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One of my 2017 Reading Goals was to have read 20 books on Bookriot’s 100 Must-Read Books about Monsters list by the end of the year. I’ve read a few of the books on this list, but a lot more look interesting. It’ll take me a while to get through the whole list, but I hope to get a good start on it this year. I will update this list as I finish reading books.

To check out what I’m reading, click over to my Goodreads profile.

Aliens

✓1. The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
✓2. Dreamcatcher by Stephen King
3. In the After by Demitria Lunetta
4. The Lives of Tao by Wesley Chu
5. Who Goes There? by John W. Campbell

Biological Horrors

✓6. Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer
7. Breeding Ground by Sarah Pinborough
8. The Caretaker of Lorne Field by Dave Zeltserman
9. Clickers by J.F. Gonzalez
10. The Hatching by Ezekiel Boone
11. Jaws by Peter Benchley
12. The Loch by Steve Alten
13. Monster by Frank Peretti
14. The Montauk Monster by Hunter Shea
15. Parasite by Mira Grant
16. The Ruins by Scott Smith
17. Seeders by A.J. Colucci
18. Slither by Edward Lee
19. The Troop by Nick Cutter

Demons
20. Come Closer by Sara Gran
21. Evil Librarian by Michelle Knudsen
✓22. The Gates by John Connolly
23. Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge by Paul Krueger
24. Mister B. Gone by Clive Barker
25. My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix
26. Netherworld by Lisa Morton

Humans

27. Battle Royale by Koushun Takami
28. The Collector by John Fowles
29. Off Season by Jack Ketchum
30. Out by Natsuo Kirino
31. Perfect Days by Raphael Montes
32. Succulent Prey by Wrath James White
33. Survivor by J.F. Gonzalez
34. We Are Monsters by Brian Kirk

Vampires

35. Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
36. Dark Corner by Brandon Massey
37. Fledgling by Octavia Butler
38. The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
39. Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist
40. My Soul to Keep by Tananarive Due
41. The Night Wanderer by Drew Taylor Hayden
42. The Quick by Lauren Owen
43. The Passage by Justin Cronin
44. The Strain by Guillermo del Toro

Werewolves

45. Breed by Chase Novak
46. The Devourers by Indra Das
47. The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan
48. Mongrels by Stephen Graham Jones
49. Red Moon by Benjamin Percy
✓50. Sharp Teeth by Toby Barlow
51. Wilding by Melanie Tem
52. The Wolf Gift by Anne Rice

Witches

53. A Choir of Ill Children by Tom Piccirilli
54. The Circle by Bentley Little
55. The Dead Path by Stephen M. Irwin
56. Gideon by Alex Gordon
57. Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt
58. Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova
59. Nazareth Hill by Ramsey Campbell
60. Wytches Vol. 1 by Scott Snyder

Zombies

61. Dead of Night by Jonathan Maberry
62. Feed by Mira Grant
63. The First Days by Rhiannon Frater
64. The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan.
65. Jesus Freaks by Andre Duza
66. The Missing by Sarah Langan
67. The Rising by Brian Keene
68. World War Z by Max Brooks
69. Zone One by Colson Whitehead

Various, Miscellaneous, and Sundry

70. Alice by Christina Henry
71. Bird Box by Josh Malerman
72. Bleeding Violet by Dia Reeves
73. Bonechiller by Graham McNamee
74. Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes
75. Clay by David Almond
76. Dead Bitch Army by Andre Duza
77. The Devil in Silver by Victor Lavalle
78. Dweller by Jeff Strand
79. Gil’s All Fright Diner by A. Lee Martinez
80. The Grin of the Dark by Ramsey Campbell
81. The Hollower by Mary SanGiovanni
82. John Dies at the End by David Wong
✓83. Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
✓84. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
✓85. Monstress by Marjorie Liu
86. The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey
87. North American Lake Monsters by Nathan Ballingrud
88. NOS4A2 by Joe Hill
✓89. Paper Girls, Vol. 1 by Bryan K. Vaughn
90. Relic by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child
91. The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff
92. The Revenant Road by Michael Boatman
93. The Ritual by Adam Nevill
94. Roosevelt’s Beast by Louis Bayard
95. The Shapeshifters by Stefan Spjut
96. She Walks in Shadows by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (ed.)
97. Summer of Night by Dan Simmons
98. The Terror by Dan Simmons
99. Threshold by Caitlin Kiernan
100. Unnatural Creatures by Neil Gaiman et al.

Books Read in April 2017

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In April, for my 2017 reading goals I tried to focus more on Nancy Drew books. I made a little headway on my Gilmore Girls and Popsugar reading goals also. Below are the books I read in April. For more info on what I’m reading and how I rated books, click over to my Goodreads account.

APRIL

Gilmore Girls Season 3 books
Eloise by Kay Thompson and Hilary Knight
I’m With the Band: Confessions of a Groupie by Pamela Des Barres
Death on the Installment Plan by Louis-Ferdinand Céline

Nancy Drew Mystery Stories
The Secret of the Wooden Lady by Carolyn Keene
The Clue of the Black Keys by Carolyn Keene
Mystery at the Ski Jump by Carolyn Keene
The Clue of the Velvet Mask by Carolyn Keene
The Ringmaster’s Secret by Carolyn Keene
The Scarlet Slipper Mystery by Carolyn Keene
The Witch Tree Symbol by Carolyn Keene
The Hidden Window Mystery by Carolyn Keene
The Haunted Showboat by Carolyn Keene
The Secret of the Golden Pavilion by Carolyn Keene
The Clue in the Old Stagecoach by Carolyn Keene

Popsugar 2017 Reading Challenge + Advanced List
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen – A book that’s been on your TBR list for way too long.
84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff – A book of letters.
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis – A book with a cat on the cover.
Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White – A book from a nonhuman perspective.
Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk – A book with a red spine.
The Mothers by Brit Bennett – A book where the main character is a different ethnicity than you.
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline – A book that’s becoming a movie in 2017.
The Sellout by Paul Beatty – A book recommended by an author you love.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl – A book with an eccentric character.

Modern Mrs. Darcy’s 2017 Reading Challenges for Fun and for Growth
Fun
The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan – A book about books or reading.
Vinyl by Sophia Elaine Hanson – A book you don’t want to admit you’re dying to read.

Bookriot’s 100 Must-Read Books about Monsters
The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer

Other books read (not toward a specific goal):
America’s First Daughter by Stephanie Dray & Laura Kamoie
Dust by Hugh Howey
The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving A F**k by Sarah Knight

April 2017

Happy Spring!

Michael, Gavin, and I started the month off with the Spirits of Oakwood tour. It’s a fun and informative tour that is held each year in conjunction with the Azalea Trails. Volunteers dress in period clothing portray local citizens that were buried in the cemetery. Sometimes the volunteer is a descendant of the person they are portraying, and they can give more information on the individual than you could find elsewhere. They change it up each year, so different locals are represented in the tour.

Gavin had his first haircut this month. He’s 2 1/2, so he went a long time before needing it cut. Michael cut Gavin’s hair, and did a great job!

Gavin's First Haircut | rainerlife.com

Gavin's First Haircut | rainerlife.com

One Saturday, we drove to Dallas to go to the vinyl record show. The show was located in the Richardson Civic Center, which is next to the library, so Michael and Gavin were able to go the children’s area of the library and play while I shopped. I found a lot of records to buy, so my little vinyl collection is starting to slowly grow. After shopping records, we went to The Flying Saucer restaurant to eat, and Michael and I were able to try some new beers.

Gavin at the Library | rainerlife.com

Beer Tasting | rainerlife.com

We had a happy Easter! It was a great day – Mass in the morning, lunch with family, and fun watching Gavin hunt for eggs and play with his Easter gifts. On Good Friday, Gavin and I dyed Easter eggs with his Honey. It was his first time to dye eggs, and I think he had fun. I figured he would lose interest, but he helped with all the eggs. On Easter Sunday, Gavin’s Honey and Pappaw hid the dyed eggs around their house for him to find that afternoon. Easter Sunday evening, I hid some plastic eggs around the yard for him to find. So, he had lots of eggs to hunt for, but I think he had fun doing it.

Dyeing Easter Eggs | rainerlife.com

Dyeing Easter Eggs | rainerlife.com

Dyeing Easter Eggs | rainerlife.com

Gavin at Easter | rainerlife.com

Hunting Easter Eggs | rainerlife.com

Hunting Easter Eggs | rainerlife.com

Hunting Easter Eggs | rainerlife.com

Hunting Easter Eggs | rainerlife.com

It’s crawfish season! We went to a crawfish boil at a local brewery, and enjoyed a couple of pints while there. Gavin and I love to eat crawfish! He ate more crawfish than I did, which is saying something, because I love boiled crawfish.

Boiled Crawfish | rainerlife.com

With this beautiful Spring weather, we’ve been spending more time outside. We’ve been playing outside and swimming in the pool. Also, I’ve been working in the flower beds around the house… weeding and spreading mulch. It’s always nice to get outside more, and now that Gavin is older, he can help me with some of the yard work.

Flower Beds | rainerlife.com

Flower Beds | rainerlife.com

Bookriot’s 100 Must-Read Hilarious Books

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One of my 2017 Reading Goals was to have read 25 books on Bookriot’s 100 Must-Read Hilarious Books list by the end of the year. There are a lot of books on this list that sound really funny, so I thought, why not try to read them all. It’ll take me a while to get through the whole list, but I hope to get a good start on it this year. I will update this list as I finish reading books.

To check out what I’m reading, click over to my Goodreads profile.

1. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling
2. Has Anyone Seen My Pants by Sarah Colonna
3. Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography by Neil Patrick Harris
✓4. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz
5. Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
✓6. A Walk In The Woods by Bill Bryson
7. Heartburn by Nora Ephron
8. Varamo by César Aira
9. My Man Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse
10. Gil’s All Fright Diner by A. Lee Martinez
11. How To Be Black by Baratunde Thurston
12. Senselessness by Horatio Castellanos Moya
13. Texts from Jane Eyre: And Other Conversations with Your Favorite Literary Characters by Mallory Ortberg and Madeline Gobbo
14. See You Next Tuesday by Jane Mai
✓15. Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
✓16. Bossypants by Tina Fey
17. Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons
18. Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis
19. Go the F**k To Sleep by Adam Mansbach
20. To Say Nothing Of The Dog by Connie Willis
21. Misconceptions by Blu Daniels
22. Domestic Violets by Matthew Norman
23. The Broke Diaries: The Completely True and Hilarious Misadventures of a Good Girl Gone Broke by Angela Nissel
24. Beauty Queens by Libba Bray
25. A Bad Idea I’m About to Do: True Tales of Seriously Poor Judgment and Stunningly Awkward Adventure by Chris Gethard
26. The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
27. The Princess Bride by William Goldman
28. The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead by Max Brooks
29. How to Be A Woman by Caitlin Moran
30. Blonde Bombshell by Tom Holt
✓31. The Sellout by Paul Beatty
32. Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh
✓33. Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
34. Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore
35. The Cry of the Sloth by Sam Savage
36. Company by Max Barry
✓37. You Can’t Touch My Hair And Other Things I Still Have to Explain by Phoebe Robinson
38. The Colour of Magic (Discworld #1) by Terry Pratchett
39. Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
40. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
✓41. A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
42. Such A Pretty Fat: One Narcissist’s Quest to Discover if Her Life Makes Her Ass Look Big, or Why Pie is Not the Answer by Jen Lancaster
✓43. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
44. Home Land by Sam Lipsyte
45. Typical American by Gish Jen
46. The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
47. I Was Told There’d Be Cake by Sloane Crosley
48. Autobiography of a Fat Bride: True Tales of a Pretend Adulthood by Laurie Notaro
49. The Regional Office Is Under Attack! by Manuel Gonzales
50. Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari
51. Adulthood Is a Myth: A “Sarah’s Scribbles” Collection by Sarah Andersen
✓52. What If: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe
53. Someone Could Get Hurt: A Memoir of Twenty-First-Century Parenthood by Drew Magary
54. The Adventures of Holly White and the Incredible Sex Machine by Krissy Kneen
55. Killing Auntie by Andrzej Bursa
56. I Am Not Sidney Poitier by Percival Everett
✓57. Yes, Please by Amy Poehler
58. The Grass is Always Greener Over the Septic Tank by Erma Bombeck
59. Shrill by Lindy West
60. On Beauty by Zadie Smith
61. Running With Scissors by Augusten Burroughs
62. The Internet Is A Playground by David Thorne
✓63. A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare
64. Blackass by A. Igoni Barrett
65. Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson
66. I Hate Fairyland by Skottie Young
67. Mother, Can You Not? by Kate Siegel
68. Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
69. The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl by Issa Rae
✓70. Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding
71. It Gets Worse by Shane Dawson
72. Octopus Pie by Meredith Gran
73. Redshirts by John Scalzi
74. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
75. Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut
✓76. Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea by Chelsea Handler
77. Smashed, Squashed, Splattered, Chewed, Chunked and Spewed by Lance Carbuncle
✓78. The Absolutely True Diary Of A Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
✓79. Marley and Me: Life and Love With the World’s Worst Dog by John Grogan
80. I Am America (And So Can You!) by Stephen Colbert
81. Dora: A Headcase by Lidia Yuknavitch
82. The Room by Jonas Karlsson
✓83. Florida Roadkill by Tim Dorsey
84. An Idiot Abroad: The Travel Diaries of Karl Pilkington by Karl Pilkington
85. The Gun Seller by Hugh Laurie
86. The Unabridged Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce
87. I’m Judging You: The Do-Better Manual by Luvvie Ajayi
88. Sick Puppy by Carl Hiaasen
89. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain
90. Clown Girl by Monica Drake
91. This Is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper
92. Oreo by Fran Ross
93. The Sugar Frosted Nutsack by Mark Leyner
94. Black Hole Blues by Patrick Wensink
95. The Road to Wellville by T.C. Boyle
96. The Assimilated Cuban’s Guide to Quantum Santeria by Carlos Hernandez
97. A Girl Named Zippy by Haven Kimmel
98. Job: A Comedy of Justice by Robert Heinlein
✓99. Ella Minnow Pea: A Progressively Lipogrammatic Epistolary Fable by Mark Dunn
100. Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart